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My friend who's 24 yrs old is having vascular calcification, and big lumps appeared on her elbows, she had one removed but drs. Cant find the cause.?

My friend who's 24 yrs old is having vascular calcification, and big lumps appeared on her elbows, she had one removed but drs. Cant find the cause.?

Inherited disorder: Familial hypercholesterolemia, an inherited disease of elevated LDL "bad" cholesterol causes early atherosclerosis resulting in vascular calcifications in the arterial wall plaques (lesions). Fatty deposits in the skin called xanthoma are found around the eyes, elbows, knees & other joints. Read more about this at http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001429/. Get a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What could cilateral vascular calcification seen on mammogram mean?

What could cilateral vascular calcification seen on mammogram mean?

Vascular : calcifications on a mammogram are benign in terms of breast cancer detection. However, in a young woman, it could be a sign of diabetes or other condition causing early atherosclerosis. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Generally speaking, is vascular calcification behind both ankles in an elderly person of any potential importance?

Generally speaking, is vascular calcification behind both ankles in an elderly person of any potential importance?

Occur with age: Calcium deposits in the walls of the arteries contribute to the narrowing and stiffness. The effects of these deposits may be seen on ordinary X-rays.Vascular calcifications are age related changes which happen in arteries as we get older. Basically calcium is deposited around the vascular system. These calcifications may be in heart, aorta, etc.. They can be related to cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Should be concerned about Atherosclerotic vascular calcification and Mild cardiomegaly in a scan?

Should be concerned about Atherosclerotic vascular calcification and  Mild cardiomegaly in a scan?

Yes: These are worrisome conditions in a 28 year old. Some calcification is to be expected because we are Americans and eat too much dairy but cardiomegaly is not expected. I would suggest you establish with a health care professional for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What is atherosclerotic vascular calcification? I have a cyst behind my left knee that is 2c by 2c by 5c.

What is atherosclerotic vascular calcification? I have a cyst behind my left knee that is 2c by 2c by 5c.

Atherosclerosis : Atherosclerosis is buildup of cholesterol and fatty plaque in the blood vessel. However it is not necessarily related to a patient's weight and can occur even in very thin individuals. This buildup can get calcium deposited in it as well, which makes it stiff, hence the term "hardening of the arteries". The cyst behind your knee sounds like it may be a separate issue, called a "baker's cyst". We get these cysts behind our knees for no apparent reason. They swell and sometimes can rupture. They often however cause no problem. They are usually identified on an ultrasound study. If you had worsening pain, redness, leg pain, or new symptoms then it would need to be immediately evaluated. ...Read more

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I recently fell and needed an X-ray on my left knee. They incidentally found vascular calcification on the xray. Is it unusal to find it on xray?

I recently fell and needed an X-ray on my left knee. They incidentally found vascular calcification on the xray. Is it unusal to find it on xray?

No.: Vascular calcification is often seen on xray as you get older. You are a bit young to have this noted at your knee level and it may indicate that you have a predisposition to vascular disease. I would discuss this with your doc to see if further studies are warranted. ...Read more

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44yo healthy male, 25bmi, Cho 199 HDL80, bp130/85, GFR 93 Had a lumbar x-ray, report said "Some vascular calcification" FHx CHD mom's side, worrisome?

44yo healthy male, 25bmi, Cho 199 HDL80, bp130/85, GFR 93 Had a lumbar x-ray, report said "Some vascular calcification" FHx CHD mom's side, worrisome?

Calcification: This is a sign of inflammatory atherosclerosisAnd likely reflects you'll following in mother's footsteps. Talk to a physician in regards to changes in lifestyle( diet, exercise, substance use) and to access prescribable medicines that can in combination helped to significantly slow down the rate of progression and possibly induce partial regression ...Read more